Tuli Can't Stop Talking

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Bolton May Be in Trouble!

I can only hope so!

The most important part of this whole “Kerik” like debacle is that Bolton tried to intimidate intelligence analysts into changing their findings on WMD. Also, very troubling, and outrageous, is his withholding of information from his State Department bosses (calling General Powell.) His being a bully, and basic asshole, is just a side story.

As a person who likes to say the glass is half full, I am heartened that the White House might be starting to get nervous about this nomination. The latest spin from the White House, via poor, unarmed, Scott McClellan, is that the “allegations” are “unsubstantiated.” That can only mean they are calling everyone who testified under oath, and provided evidence as to the truth of the “allegations,” liars.

The Republicans on the committee are getting so nervous that they are holding closed interviews, of said “liars,” and keeping the Democrats on the Committee out. Here are a couple of graphs from the Washington Post:

In a sign of partisan tensions on the committee, Republican staff members yesterday interviewed Thomas Hubbard, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, without Democratic staff members present. Hubbard has said he clashed angrily with Bolton.

A senior Democratic committee aide said the interview was unfortunate, because Democrats thought they had an agreement between committee Chairman Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) and Vice Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) for proceeding with interviews that would allow both sides to be present, along with a court reporter.

"When we asked to participate, we were refused," the aide said. "We hope this was an aberration, and that from now on they honor the rule that we proceed jointly. The proof will be in the pudding." He added: "We found out five minutes before it happened."

So, do you think that John Bolton might have a “Nanny” problem? Let’s hope so!

But just to make sure: Call your Senator!


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